Engineering manager

Engineering Managers occupy a more administrative role than a typical engineer. They are in charge of engineering departments, organisations, companies, and firms. They must coordinate the engineering operations of the unit to which they have been tasked.

Duties and tasks

  • Draw up budgets, schedules, and operations
  • Ensure the smooth and efficient running of engineering department/organisation/company/firm
  • Planning and implementing large administrative courses of action for engineering departments
  • Providing advice and guidance to the engineers under their supervision
  • Work with governmental and other agencies to ensure strict compliance with the law and statutes of a particular municipality
  • Work with managers of other departments or companies to coordinate marketing, research, and development projects

Skills required

  • Ability to listen to disparate and conflicting voices
  • Ability to problem-solve and troubleshoot engineering, administrative, and personal problems
  • Critical thinking skills to determine the best course of action
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Thorough understanding of engineering operations and systems

Working conditions

The workplace of an engineering manager looks quite similar to that of an engineer. The two jobs often coexist in the same office environment.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Management 

Engineers Australia Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering 

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